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Ex-Worden Capital Management Broker’s Customer is Seeking Over $200K in Damages Joseph Paul Todaro, currently an SW Financial registered representative, is named in a customer dispute in which the claimant is reporting investment losses from excessive trading, failure to follow instructions, and poor services. The investor is seeking over $200K.  This is not the first customer of the Melville, New York-based broker to accuse Todaro of excessive trading. As a matter of fact, three other claims brought by his customers make similar allegations. Also, from 2018 to 2020, Todaro was a registered representative with Worden Capital Management, which last…
American Trust Investment Services Broker Accused of Recommending Unsuitable Investments to Investors  David Richard Geake, an Indiana-based broker and investment advisor with American Trust Investment Services, is currently facing three customer disputes in which the claimants are accusing him of making unsuitable investment recommendations. Geake, who has been in the industry for 22 years, has 12 disclosures on his BrokerCheck, including other customer disputes.  If you are an investor who has suffered losses while working with American Trust Investment Services broker David Geake, contact our Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK…
Broker Alan Douglass Unsuitably Overconcentrated Investor’s Funds in Non-Publicly Traded Products  An investor based in Lutz, Florida has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Securities America. This investor suffered losses in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other non-publicly traded investments. The claimant, who is a retiree, suffered up to $500K in investment losses, which he is seeking in damages. Securities America broker, Alan Duane Douglass, was this claimant’s financial advisor. He not only unsuitably recommended private placements and real estate investment trusts (REITs) to this customer but also, overconcentrated the customer’s portfolio with…
Older Couple’s Broker Overconcentrated More Than $2.2M of Their Funds in Now Defunct Investment  An older retired couple from South America is pursuing a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Raymond James & Associates, Inc. after they suffered a seven-figure loss in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda). Now, the senior investors are seeking up to $5M in damages, along with interest and costs. Our Northstar (Bermuda) arbitration attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) are representing these South American nationals in their FINRA arbitration claim that they filed against this US-based broker-dealer. A…
Sanctuary Wealth Ordered To Pay Over $370K in Restitution to ETF Customers Independent broker-dealer Sanctuary Wealth, formerly David A. Noyes & Co., has been censured by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). It must now pay a $160K fine and over $370K in restitution for its failure to supervise certain financial products, including leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and its brokers’ external activities. According to the self-regulatory organization (SRO), going as far back as 2014 through the end of 2018 the brokerage firm failed to address in a “reasonable” manner the “unique features and risks” involving selling inverse and
Customers Were Allegedly Unsuitably Sold Complex Exchange-Traded Products UBS Financial Services (UBS) has agreed to a censure and will pay an $8M fine in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) civil case accusing the brokerage firm of failing to properly supervise its brokers. UBS financial advisors sold complex exchange-traded products (ETPs) without fully comprehending all of the risks involved. The SEC has also ordered the firm to pay disgorgement plus interest of almost $113K.  Continue Reading › The post UBS Financial Services Settles SEC Charges Over Exchange-Traded Products Compliance Lapses for $8M appeared first on Investor Lawyers Blog.…
Texas-Based Brokerage Firm Accused of Overconcentration & Supervisory Failures NEXT Financial Group has arrived at a $750K settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve claims that the Texas-based broker-dealer overconcentrated customer accounts in Puerto Rico municipal bonds and did not have the kind of supervisory system that could have identified unsuitable trades.  The self-regulatory organization (SRO) also contends that from January 2012 to February 2019 NEXT Financial Group did not set up, maintain, or enforce supervisory systems and written procedures that could have identified and stopped the short-term trading of Puerto Rico bonds and mutual funds when…
SEC Said Firm Didn’t Implement Proper Safeguards To Prevent Misappropriation The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has fined Securities America Advisors $1.75M for allegedly not doing enough to protect customers from having their money stolen by a former registered representative who misappropriated $8M from at least 15 client accounts. Hector May has pleaded guilty to investment advisor fraud. Securities America Advisors is the RIA arm of Securities America, Inc.,  which is owned by Advisor Group Holdings Inc.’s Securities America Financial Corporation. Securities America has been the introducing broker for Securities America Advisors customers. Continue Reading › The post Securities America
SRO Was Investigating Trading Activity in Customers’ Accounts The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has barred Salvatore Pizzimenti from the industry. The ex-Worden Capital Management broker was under investigation for trades made in customers’ accounts. The industry bar came after Pizzimenti refused to give testimony in the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO’s) probe into the allegations. Salvatore Pizzimenti, a former New York broker, has six disclosures on his BrokerCheck record. Aside from the bar, the other five are customer disputes. Continue Reading › The post FINRA Bars Worden Capital Management Broker Salvatore Pizzimenti Following Churning Allegations appeared first on Investor Lawyers
Over 3,000 Customers May Have Been Charged More Than $8.4M in Excessive Sales Fees  The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith will pay approximately $8.4M in restitution and an over $3.2M fine to settle charges alleging supervisory failures involving unit investment trust (UIT) rollovers.  The self-regulatory organization (SRO) contends that over 3,000 customers may have been excessively charged over $8.4M in sales fees related to early rollovers.  Continue Reading › The post Merrill Lynch To Pay $11.6M To Settle FINRA Case Over Unsuitable Unit Investment Trust Rollovers appeared first on Investor Lawyers Blog